The American Brothers; or, 'How Will they Get Out of It?'
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Spiritualism, Politics, War, Charlatanry
This illustration shows Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the leaders of the Union and Confederate causes in the American Civil War, as the American mediums William H H Davenport and Ira E Davenport. Just as the Davenport brothers produced spiritualistic manifestations whilst tied to chairs in a wooden box, so the American leaders are shown tied to wooden benches with ropes. The ropes around both are labelled 'debt': this is a reference to the crippling debts incurred both by the Unionist and Confederate forces, debts from which neither side seemed able to escape.
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